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US boxing great Muhammad AliReuters

American boxer Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74 at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, June 4. He was hospitalised on Thursday after complaining of respiratory trouble. The funeral of the world's greatest boxer, who was battling Parkinson's disease for 32 years, will be held in his hometown in Louisville, Kentucky.

Born as Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr on January 17, 1942, Ali won the world heavyweight championship in 1964, when he was just 22. After creating several records, the legendary boxer retired in 1981, having won 56 out of 61 fights during his career.

Check out the quotes by Muhammad Ali here:

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

Don't count the days. Make the days count.

Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them, a desire, a dream, a vision.

It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.

When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.

Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.

Live every day like it's your last because someday you're going to be right.

Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it — then I can achieve it.

The will must be stronger than the skill.

The man who has no imagination has no wings.

The service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don't let yourself believe it will happen to you.

Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee. You can't hit what your eyes don't see.